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Afterword by Mark Costello

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Costello, M. (2014). Afterword by Mark Costello. In Foster Wallace, D. The David Foster Wallace Reader. Little, Brown and Company, pp. 654-655

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This essay on the loss of grace in tennis speaks then to the passing of a writer's first ecstatic access to creation. Wallace mourns the loss and maps a paradox that would become the seed idea of later work. The paradox is that although we need to live in peaks, these hypostatic highs of sex, success, religion, love, creation, conception, childbirth, or yes sports, we can only fully appreciate the peaks when they are passed and passing. Why? Because ecstasy's power lies in its wordlessness, its ability to make of us a happy holy blank. Because appreciation is a branch of thought, it is only in falling, in coming down from ecstasy, that we can know that we have briefly touched the ultimate. It is only in the falling too that we try to find words for the sublime [...]

—p.654 by Mark Costello 4 years, 8 months ago

This essay on the loss of grace in tennis speaks then to the passing of a writer's first ecstatic access to creation. Wallace mourns the loss and maps a paradox that would become the seed idea of later work. The paradox is that although we need to live in peaks, these hypostatic highs of sex, success, religion, love, creation, conception, childbirth, or yes sports, we can only fully appreciate the peaks when they are passed and passing. Why? Because ecstasy's power lies in its wordlessness, its ability to make of us a happy holy blank. Because appreciation is a branch of thought, it is only in falling, in coming down from ecstasy, that we can know that we have briefly touched the ultimate. It is only in the falling too that we try to find words for the sublime [...]

—p.654 by Mark Costello 4 years, 8 months ago

(noun) the study of versification / (noun) the systematic study of metrical structure / (noun) a particular system, theory, or style of versification / (noun) the rhythmic and intonational aspect of language

655

This second artificial tennis ecstasy, this prosodic counterfeit, can-unlike the first real raw experience--forge a bond between the writer at his desk in 1991 and the readers in the future

afterword for Derivative Sport

—p.655 by Mark Costello
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4 years, 8 months ago

This second artificial tennis ecstasy, this prosodic counterfeit, can-unlike the first real raw experience--forge a bond between the writer at his desk in 1991 and the readers in the future

afterword for Derivative Sport

—p.655 by Mark Costello
notable
4 years, 8 months ago